In the 25 years since NASA scientists sent the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, the telescope has delivered a peek into the workings of the universe, with images of galaxies and stellar nurseries sparkling in the light of massive stars.
To celebrate the anniversary, which takes place April 24, 2015, NASA released a Hubble photograph of Constellation Carina that shows purple, orange and red swirling light.
"Hubble has fundamentally changed our human understanding of our universe and our place in it," NASA's science mission chief John Grunsfeld told a crowd at the photos' release at the Newseum in Washington. "Hubble inspires the world.”
Over 25 years, the 350-mile high telescope captured over 38,000 celestial objects, The Associated Press reported. Who knew gas and dust could be so awe-inspiring?